58-year-old Burlington man suffered rib fracture during arrest, not caused by cops, says SIU

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Published August 28, 2023 at 7:53 pm

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A routine traffic stop by the Halton Regional Police Service escalated into a pursuit and subsequent arrest on May 1.

Police say the incident occurred when officers pulled over a Volkswagen Jetta without proper license plates in Burlington.

Authorities let the 58-year-old man know that his vehicle would be towed and he would be arrested.

The driver then started his engine and fled the scene, prompting a pursuit by police officers. The chase spanned a distance before the officers decided to discontinue their pursuit.

However, the Jetta was later discovered at a townhouse in Burlington, leading to a confrontation between the man and the police officers.

During his arrest, the man complained of pain, prompting the officers to take him to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Where it was revealed that the man had sustained a rib fracture.

Following the incident, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Director Joseph Martino reviewed the evidence and concluded, ” there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s arrest.”

As a result, the decision was made to close the case.

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